Reformatting external harddrive

gadgetgirl85

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Mar 24, 2006
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Sorry this may seem like a stupid question but how do I reformat my external harddrive? At the moment its partitioned into 2 sections 1 for FAT32 and one that only the mac can access only. I want to partition the whole drive for FAT32 only. The last time I wiped my drive in disc utility it still remained partitioned into 2 so I must have done something wrong. Can anyone help me?
 

iBookG4user

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Jun 27, 2006
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Go to disk utility and then go to the partitions tab and set partitions to 1, then set the file system that you want and then click partition. That should get your desired result.
 

lamina

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Mar 9, 2006
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Keep in mind that FAT32 only supports files up to 4GB in size, which I've found can be a huge pain in the rump.